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Reviews by Dai Alanye

The Submarine Boat

by R. Austin Freeman

I think it's fair to say that Freeman, while rarely spectacular, is always worth reading. I only wish we had more of his works.

[I ignore stars]

Reviewed on 2015.09.11

The Adventures of Harry Revel

by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I usually have difficulty finishing these pseudo-autobiographical 19th century tales but this one went down quite well.

[I ignore stars]

Reviewed on 2015.09.02

A Mysterious Disappearance

by Louis Tracy

Would have enjoyed this more had the characters been humans instead of angels brought down to earth, and had I not guessed the perp so soon. Still, I read it to the end with very little skipping, so it has some merit.

Typical premise, though—stupid policeman and brilliant amateur, each of whom go about matters in a highly lackadaisical manner and leave apparent clues unexamined. It's obvious they've watched neither Forensic Files nor 48 Hours.

Reviewed on 2015.09.02

John Splendid

by Neil Munro

Nicely written story of the Highlands, told from the losers' point of view during Montrose's famous campaign in behalf of Charles I. Munro's view of Montrose's Irish infantry is different from that of historians, however.

The book gives a great deal of possibly trustworthy information about ordinary life and politics of the time, though it would help the reader to understand Gaelic. In addition, it could easily exchange a hundred pages of philosophy, mystic descriptions of Highland scenes, and pale-hearted wooing for three or four pages of red-blooded action.

[I ignore stars]

Reviewed on 2015.09.02

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